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Sandpaper Letters PDF Download

$7.95 USD

Want to make your own materials? These PDFs let you make your own sandpaper letters that match the fonts used in most Montessori classrooms! Choose from the two most...
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Traditional Movable Alphabet PDF Download

$4.95 USD

Want to make your own materials? These PDFs let you print out and cut your own alphabet letters that match the fonts used in most Montessori classrooms! If you prefer ...
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Phonogram Alphabet PDF Download

$4.95 USD

Want to make your own materials? These PDFs let you print out and cut your own alphabet letters that match the fonts used in most Montessori classrooms! If you prefer ...
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Black Movable Alphabet PDF Download

$4.95 USD

Want to make your own materials? These PDFs listed here let you print and cut your own alphabet letters that match the fonts used in most Montessori classrooms! If you...
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Red Movable Alphabet PDF Download

$4.95 USD

Want to make your own materials? These PDFs let you print out and cut your own alphabet letters that match the fonts used in most Montessori classrooms! If you prefer ...
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Spanish Movable Alphabet PDF Download

$4.95 USD

Want to make your own materials? These PDFs let you print out and cut your own alphabet letters that match the fonts used in most Montessori classrooms! If you prefer ...
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Puzzle Words PDF Download

$2.95 USD

This file contains 40 high-frequency sight words (Montessorians call these "puzzle words") ready to print and cut. If you don't want to make them yourself, you can pu...
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Phonetic Activity Cards PDF Download

$2.95 USD

This is a great game that is easy to make and endless fun to play. This PDF guides you step by step with a printable and clear instructions. This digital file includes...
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Phonogram Lists PDF Download

$4.95 USD

Want to make your own Montessori materials? All you need is a color printer, cardstock, and scissors to put these phonogram lists into use! If you'd rather not make th...
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Setting up the Language Area (E-Book)

$5.95 USD

This short book is a thorough and complete guide to setting up the Montessori early childhood (primary, ages 3-6+) language area. It includes not only lovely photograp...
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Number Rods/Red Rods PDF Download

$2.95 USD

Need to make your own red rods and number rods? This PDF guides you step by step with printables and clear instructions. This digital file includes: Template for the ...
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Sandpaper Numbers PDF Download

$2.95 USD

Need to make your own numbers? This PDF guides you step by step with a printable and clear instructions. This digital file includes: Template for the numbers 0 to 9 ...
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Addition Strip Board PDF Download

$4.95 USD

Practice your math work with your own hand-crafted Addition Strip boards! This PDF guides you step by step with many printables and clear instructions. This digital fi...
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Word Study: Animal Groups PDF Download

$2.95 USD

Want to craft your own materials? This PDF lets you print and cut your own cards! If you don't want to make them yourself, you can purchase our ready made Word Study A...
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Word Study: Animal Homes PDF Download

$2.95 USD

Want to craft your own materials? This PDF lets you print and cut your own cards! If you don't want to make them yourself, you can purchase our ready made Word Study A...
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Word Study: Animal Young PDF Download

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Want to craft your own materials? This PDF lets you print and cut your own cards! If you don't want to make them yourself, you can purchase our ready made Word Study A...
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Word Study: Antonyms PDF Download

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Want to craft your own materials? This PDF lets you print and cut your own cards! If you don't want to make them yourself, you can purchase our ready made Word Study A...
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Word Study: Compound Words PDF Download

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Want to craft your own materials? This PDF lets you print and cut your own cards! If you don't want to make them yourself, you can purchase our ready made Word Study C...
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Word Study: Contractions PDF Download

$2.95 USD

What happens when you squish two words together to make a new, shorter word? Contractions! Read these cards on your own and use the words to inspire your spoken langua...
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Word Study: Homonyms PDF Download

$2.95 USD

Spelling can make such a difference...just think of the sound-alikes bare and bear! Children love to play with word meaning and these cards let them do just that while...
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Toddler

Utensils Object-to-Photo Matching

$29.95 USD

Finally, there are identical and similar matching materials with objects and pictures! No more hours spent finding your own objects and making perfectly matching cards...
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Condiments Object-to-Photo Matching

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Limited quantity: Get them while they last! Designed especially for toddlers! This limited-time-only set includes one five realistic replica objects and two sets of ca...
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Vegetables Toddler Cards

$14.95 USD

Designed especially for toddlers, these large format cards are laminated with a sturdy, food-grade 8 mil laminate that can stand up to toddler use! Vocabulary format ...
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Fruit Toddler Cards

$14.95 USD

Designed especially for toddlers, these large format cards are laminated with a sturdy, food-grade 8 mil laminate that can stand up to toddler use! Vocabulary format ...
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Farm Animal Toddler Cards

$14.95 USD

Designed especially for toddlers, these large format cards are laminated with a sturdy, food-grade 8 mil laminate that can stand up to toddler use! Vocabulary format ...
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Aprons & Mats

Blue Paisley Cloth Apron

$19.95 USD

This all-cotton, muted blue paisley apron brings elegance to your practical life activities. All Cotton: Our 100% cotton fabrics are soft and washable, just like al...
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Gingham Cloth Aprons

$19.95 USD

This all-cotton, red gingham apron is prim and perky! All Cotton: Our 100% cotton fabrics are soft and washable, just like all of your cotton clothing. These are gre...
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Aqua Stripe Aprons

$24.90 USD

This striped Malibu pattern with aqua trim will cheer up any activity! Water-resistant, soft, delightful patterns, can be used independently, durable, color-coded, env...
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Blue Flower Aprons

$24.90 USD

This beautiful bouquet of blue flowers with light blue trim is a wonderful accompaniment for many activities. Water-resistant, soft, delightful patterns, can be used i...
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Blue Tile Aprons

$24.90 USD

This Mediterranean tile pattern with light blue trim compliments all the geometry inherent in your environment. Water-resistant, soft, delightful patterns, can be used...
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Cork Aprons

$24.90 USD

This cork fabric is luxurious to touch but incredibly resilient. It sheds water just like the cork bark on a cork tree! Water-resistant, soft, can be used independentl...
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Navy Aprons

$24.90 USD

This navy apron with a subtle "denim" pattern and navy trim will coordinate with many activities. Water-resistant, soft, delightful patterns, can be used independently...
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Plum Flower Aprons

$24.90 USD

This plum flower pattern with pink accents is particularly delightful! Water-resistant, soft, delightful patterns, can be used independently, durable, color-coded, env...
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Red Slicker Aprons

$24.90 USD

This red dot slicker pattern with coordinated red trim will brighten up your day! Water-resistant, can be used independently, durable, color-coded,... these are just a...
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Sand Aprons

$24.90 USD

This light, sand-colored apron with white trim will coordinate with many activities. Water-resistant, soft, delightful patterns, can be used independently, durable, co...
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Whale Aprons

$24.90 USD

Who can resist this whale pattern with navy trim! Water-resistant, soft, delightful patterns, can be used independently, durable, color-coded, environmentally-friendly...
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Yellow Flower Aprons

$24.90 USD

This delightful yellow flower pattern with yellow trim will bring a little Spring cheer to your activities. Water-resistant, soft, delightful patterns, can be used ind...
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Mats: Laminated Cotton

$29.95 USD

These fabric patterns are so appealing and they coordinate perfectly with our aprons. Get the mat alone for a special activity (like crafting or cooking) or combine it...
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Mats: Cork

$6.95 USD

Our real cork fabric is incredibly soft and just delicious to touch. Just like on the tree, cork fabric readily sheds water. On top of that, it is an environmentally-f...
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Mats: Red Slicker

$6.95 USD

This red dot pattern is absolutely adorable. Get the mat alone for a special activity (like crafting or cooking) or combine it with an apron and save! These 11" x 17" ...
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Montessori Pedagogy Blog

Reopening Best Practices

Everyone is busy figuring out or enacting their pandemic reopening plan. I thought it would be helpful to post the things other early childhood schools are doing that work.

As I reached out to schools, I found a lot of ideas I hadn't thought of before; like using a hula hoop to help children maintain social distance when walking in line!

Thanks to Riverbend School in Natick, MA for letting us share their video of hula hoop distancing.

Of course, when you develop your own plan, you'll have to consider your licensing/state requirements. There is no one-size-fits-all way to 'pandemify' your school procedures. That's why we need a lot of ideas!

The following ideas are compiled from schools with an early childhood component in the US and France. Please add your own experiences in the comments below (including your location). Together we can compile the best practices that work in different situations (and with different licensing requirements). It takes a village!

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Face shields instead of masks for early childhood

This week, I have spoken with and heard from many teachers/school owners who are struggling with how to reopen school for fall (that's just a few weeks away in many states). Trying to sort through federal guidance from places like the CDC and State Education Departments is cumbersome, confusing, and leaves one with more questions than answers.

One big question is the use of face masks. Is it developmentally appropriate to use face masks in early childhood settings? Are face shields for young children and their caregivers a better option?

 

DuoKids face shield

Note: The photos are from Wish and DuoKids but many other child-size face shield vendors exist. According to the CDC, the face shield should extend from ear to ear and below the chin (CDC, June 28, 2020). You also want to test it yourself to make sure it doesn't create a visual challenge because of its curve.

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Developing the attention span via polishing

Parents often ask Montessori teachers why their children are cleaning the school. Children in Montessori early childhood classrooms are learning how to wash dishes, sweep the floor, dust, and even polish silver. Can't the school afford to hire their own cleaning staff?

The answer has nothing to do with keeping the classroom clean. In fact, teachers often have to go back after school and "re-clean" what the children have cleaned. The reason we teach them these "practical life" activities is all about aiding the child's development.

A mom I know on Instagram (big shout out to @montessoriinmotion) posted a video of her daughter that illustrates some of the benefits of practical life activities. It's just over one-minute long and is so rich in things to notice that I asked her permission to write about it here. Watch the video on your own first and then read on (and yes, she is sporting the matching Maitri Learning blue flower apron and mat).

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